Social Skills


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This PowerPoint show is on one of the basic behavioral principles of our program, Social Skills. I teach a high school class of ED students. These 10 social skills address at least one area that my kids need to practice in order to move back into a least restrictive environment.
I enlisted the help of my students in making this show. It was fun.

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Social Skills

  1. 1. Social Skills Steps to Success
  2. 2. Listening <ul><li>Look at the person who is talking </li></ul><ul><li>Think about what is being said </li></ul><ul><li>Show that you are listening by nodding your head or asking a clarifying question </li></ul><ul><li>Repeat what was said in your own words to show that you understand </li></ul>
  3. 3. Asking for Help <ul><li>Ask yourself, “Can I do this on my own?” </li></ul><ul><li>If not, think about exactly what you need help with </li></ul><ul><li>Think about who you should ask for help </li></ul><ul><li>Choose the right time to ask. If you are in class raise your hand and wait quietly until you are called on </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for help in a polite tone of voice </li></ul>
  4. 4. Following Instructions <ul><li>Listen carefully to the instructions </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions about anything you don’t understand </li></ul><ul><li>Repeat the instructions to the person to be sure you understand </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the instructions </li></ul>
  5. 5. Joining In <ul><li>Decide if you want to join in </li></ul><ul><li>Decide what to say </li></ul><ul><li>Choose a good time </li></ul><ul><li>Ask if you can join in by using a friendly tone of voice </li></ul><ul><li>If the answer is yes, join in </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you understand the rules </li></ul><ul><li>If the answer is no, find another activity </li></ul>
  6. 6. Apologizing <ul><li>Decide if you need to apologize </li></ul><ul><li>Think about your choices: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Say it out loud to the person </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write the person a note </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Choose a good time and place </li></ul><ul><li>Carry out your best choice in a sincere way </li></ul>
  7. 7. Saying Please, Thank You, and Excuse Me <ul><li>Say “Please,” when you are asking for something </li></ul><ul><li>Say “Thank You,” when you receive something from someone </li></ul><ul><li>Say “Excuse Me,” when you disturb someone verbally or physically </li></ul>
  8. 8. Handling Anger <ul><li>Do or say nothing until you count to 10 </li></ul><ul><li>Think of how your body feels and acknowledge that you feel angry </li></ul><ul><li>Think about your choices and the consequences of each choice </li></ul><ul><li>Act out your best choice </li></ul>
  9. 9. Accepting Consequences <ul><li>Decide if you were wrong </li></ul><ul><li>If you were wrong, say to yourself, “I have to accept the consequences.” </li></ul><ul><li>Say to the person, “Yes, I did (describe what you did).” </li></ul><ul><li>Say how you will avoid doing this next time </li></ul><ul><li>Apologize </li></ul>
  10. 10. Accepting “No” <ul><li>Decide why you were told no </li></ul><ul><li>Think about your choices and the consequences of each choice </li></ul><ul><li>Act out your best choice </li></ul>
  11. 11. Resolving Conflict <ul><li>Decide if you want to resolve the conflict </li></ul><ul><li>Have someone ask the other person if they want to resolve the conflict </li></ul><ul><li>Agree to the time and place </li></ul><ul><li>Agree to the ground rules: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No interrupting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No name calling or put downs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work to resolve the conflict </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Resolving Conflict Cont’ <ul><li>The first person tells his/her side of the story using I-Messages </li></ul><ul><li>The second person restates what the problem is for the other person. After restating, this student may ask questions to understand the situation better </li></ul><ul><li>The second person then tells their side of the story, after which, the first person restates what was said and asks appropriate clarifying questions </li></ul>
  13. 13. Resolving Conflict Cont’ <ul><li>Both people suggest possible solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Both agree on a resolution </li></ul>